Synthesis work in TRACER is mainly being initiated during synthesis workshops. According to the TRACER curriculum annual, 2-3 week long synthesis workshops are planned, where doctoral researchers as well as mentors get together to work on currently relevant research questions going beyond their single PhD projects. The synthesis work should strengthen existing networks and promote interdisciplinary thinking. Products of the synthesis work can be publications, peer-to-peer groups on specific research questions or joint conference contributions.
The synthesis workshop itself can be used to create new ideas or to develop specific, already existing research questions. In most cases are synthesis workshops followed by individual group meetings and sometimes 1 to 2 follow-up workshops to finalize analyses and to advance collaborative publications.